From the Sakhalin Energy Project (Russia)
It's a great honour to give a feedback about Greg Guldin's work with
Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities.
I met Greg 3 years ago. Since that time we have become real friends. For a long time we, together at SEIC (Sakhalin Energy Investment Company), were members of the project’s Working Group, which resulted in a ground-breaking development in the history of Indigenous Peoples (IP) relations with oil companies in Russia: the creation of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minority Development Plan (SIMDP).
Under the SIMDP Indigenous Peoples are true partners and involved in meaningful plan governance. Now in the 2nd year of its realization, the SIMDP is providing critical help in education, health, traditional economics and culture.
Greg's best feature is his ability to listen and to truly hear. IP treat him with great respect and trust him. He is a very experienced professional and he is also quite humane. His suggestions and constructive criticisms are useful, and truly helpful. Visiting IP communities, he went fishing and hunting with our men and women, ate traditional food—and was always full of humour! Our people like talking with Greg; he now knows many Russian words since he is a quick learner.
We want Greg to visit our island more often, because he influences us positively and inspires both Indigenous People and the Company SEIC!
With best wishes,
Director, Indigenous Peoples Department, Sakhalin Oblast Administration,
Russian Federation, and former Indigenous Peoples Representative to the
Sakhalin Oblast Duma (regional legislature)
Tangguh LNG Project Social Investment Program (Indonesia)
Dr. Guldin was appointed by ERM to undertake the Due Diligence of the Indigenous Peoples aspects of Tangguh LNG project in Papua, Indonesia. His knowledge of ADB IP requirements was a major benefit to the project as it was to the Due Diligence process on behalf of the lenders to the project. He completed his evaluation and reporting of IP to the highest international standard.
Dr Guldin is a very knowledgeable and experienced international consultant with wide experience in IP issues and a fund of information.
Technical Director Asia Pacific
Environmental Resources Management
Read a copy of the 1st External Monitor Report for the SIMDP (.pdf)
See an IFC publication citing the SIMDP as a good practice example for social development: Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets (.pdf May 2007)
See Greg Guldin’s interview about the SIMDP, published on the Sakhalin Energy website.
See a June 2007 update on Greg Guldin’s work on the SIMDP, published on the Sakhalin Energy website.